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Mississippi Blueberries

Approximately 50% of Mississippi blueberries are sold wholesale through marketing cooperatives. The remaining blueberries are sold on a pick-your-own basis or sold independently through farmers markets, small stores, etc. There are approximately 2700 acres in blueberry production in Mississippi with the majority of blueberry acreage in the Southern half of the state.  Fresh blueberries are available in the market place from May through September with June and July being the peak harvest season.
Blueberries can be enjoyed daily fresh or frozen to enjoy year round.  For best results when freezing, do not wash the berries. Freeze them dry in plastic freezer containers. Blueberries will freeze individually and will be easy to use in recipes. Wash them right before using them in your favorite recipes.

Blueberry Crunch

1 20 ounce can chunk pineapple, undrained
2 cups blueberries
1/2 cup sugar
1 18 1/4 ounce yellow cake mix
1 1/2 sticks melted margarine
1 cup chopped nuts

Place pineapple in 10×12 inch buttered baking dish
Place blueberries over pineapple
Pour sugar over blueberries
Sprinkle cake mix over blueberries
Pour melted margarine over cake mix
Sprinkle nuts on top

Bake at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes until brown.

Serves 12-15